Learning Barge

World’s First Floating Wetland Classroom

The Learning BargeLaunched on September 14, 2009, the 120-foot-long Learning Barge is a one-of-a-kind solar and wind-powered floating classroom with a living wetland onboard. 

Its mission is to teach all ages about environmental stewardship and how the Elizabeth River can be made safe for swimming and eating shellfish by 2020.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, awarded $375,000 to the Elizabeth River Project to support the Learning Barge

The Elizabeth River Project will own The Learning Barge and operate the education programs. The barge was invented by the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and Engineering – winning UVA the top education honor in the nation last year from American Institute of Architects!  See UVA's Studio Book of The Learning Barge.

The barge can host school and other educational groups as well as workshops, field trips and more for up to 100 people. The barge features six distinct, yet connected, learning stations that allow small groups to do site-specific and interactive projects on the Upper Deck, Armature Gallery, Artifact Deck, Classroom, Wetland and Story Telling Stairs. View the barge's design perspectives.

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To receive further information or explore reserving a visit by your group, please email or call Robin Dunbar, Education Director for the barge at the Elizabeth River Project:, 757-399-7487, or Bob Getty at the same number.

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